Closed-loop system for participants in July 1 official celebrations starting June 23, hotel isolation one day before

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Photo: Google Maps/Cora Tong
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Photo: Google Maps/Cora Tong

Participants in the official celebration events marking the 25th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule will need to adhere to the rules of a closed-loop management system from Thursday and isolate themselves in a hotel on June 30, according to local media reports.

Now News, quoting sources, reported on Monday that, to ensure the events on July 1 are carried out smoothly and reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19, the government will request such participants to only travel directly between their place of residence and workplace starting Thursday.

They have also been asked to skip gatherings during this period.

Participants will need to go to designated testing centers for PCR tests every day from Thursday, the broadcaster said. Their drivers and those living with them will also be required to be tested daily.

The report added that participants will need to enter designated hotels for isolation one day before the events and fulfill vaccine requirements.

The measures come as Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit Hong Kong during the handover celebrations, which is also when Chief Executive-elect John Lee will take office.

But doubts over whether the Chinese leader will come to Hong Kong have grown as COVID-19 infections continue to rise in the city.

Officials have not confirmed or denied rumors of Xi coming to Hong Kong during that period, but he did visit the city in 2017 during the 20th anniversary and when Chief Executive Carrie Lam took over leadership.

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